Campus Pride names top LGBT-friendly collegiate sports programs

Bucknell, Columbia, NYU and Stanford are among the schools with the most LGBT-friendly sports programs, a new report finds.

In a first-of-its-kind assessment of collegiate athletic programs, Campus Pride’s ‘Out to Play List’ names the nation’s 10 most inclusive colleges and universities. Each program is reviewed for its LGBT-inclusion efforts, practices and policy implementation.

The schools included in the Out to Play List include (alphabetically): Bates College, Bowdoin College, Bucknell University, Columbia University, Indiana University, Ithaca College, Kennesaw State University, New York University, Stanford University and Whitman College. A full breakdown of the schools’ individual programs can be found at www.campuspride.org/outtoplay

Gay sports magazine Compete will feature the list in its May issue.

“By providing inclusive and welcoming spaces for LGBT people, these programs are sending a powerful message to their students,” said GLAAD’s Director of News and Field Media Aaron McQuade. “At all levels, sports have core values like respect, teamwork, and sportsmanship. These schools are making sure that tomorrow’s leaders follow these values with respect to LGBT staff, teammates, and fans, and we thank Campus Pride for bringing attention to them.”

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